St.Patrick’s Day: Irish Soda Bread with Raisins

Happy St.Patrick’s Day! I hope you all wore green today.  Let me tell you, when I was in Elementary School, pinches were delivered for those who didn’t wear green. You would see those unfortunate kids fast walking through the halls with their heads down, trying to avoid any eye contact that could lead to a pinch. But since then, I have not experienced any pinching during Middle School and right now, High School. But I did try to make some kind of effort by wearing green socks, although no one could actually see them. So something that I absolutely love is Irish Soda Bread. I always get them at Farm Fresh, and the sweetness of the bread mixed with raisins is just so delicious! Just slather some honey on top and you’re good to go!

 I wanted to make something Irish themed because of today, so I picked Irish Soda Bread. This bread that I made was not as sweet as in grocery stores, but has more of a hardy taste and so so so soft to chew. I have to say this was very delicious bread! It wasn’t an overpowering taste, and the raisins just added just enough sweetness. The crust of the bread was just perfectly baked while the inside was just so moist and fluffy. It only took me less than 20 minutes to make, and 40 minutes to bake. The bread is actually very simple and if you let it sit for a few hours, the taste is so rich! This bread could be used to make sandwiches, or just spread some strawberry jelly like I did today and enjoy!

*The whole recipe is from A Cozy Kitchen, the only tweak I did was take out the whiskey, the recipe needed no real tweaks because it was so good!*

Yield: One Delicious Irish Soda Bread

3 cups of all-purpose flour
1/2 cup of whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon of baking soda
3 tablespoons of dark brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon of salt
1/4 cup of butter, grated
1 1/2 cups of buttermilk 
 3/4 cup of raisins
 1. Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper

2. In a large bowl, whisk together all of the dry ingredients.

3. Grate the butter and quickly mix it into the bowl until the butter is in little bits. Mix in the raisins.

4. Make a well in the center of the bowl, and pour in the buttermilk.

 5. Using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula, mix the ingredients together until you form it into a ball.

 6. On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough into a disk that is about 1 1/2- 2 inches thick. Do not over-knead or else the dough will get too hard.

 7. Place the dough on the baking sheet. 

8. Using a knife, cut an x on the top of the dough.

9. Lightly brush buttermilk over the top and sides of the bread dough.

10. Bake the bread for 40-45 minutes.

 11. When the bread has finished baking, place it on a cooling rack.

12. Let the bread cool for at least 2 hours or more, to let the flavors soak in.

13. Enjoy the bread!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂


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